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Conceptual artist Nate Young on the difference between truth and reality.
For Kate Skarpetowska, the process of choreography is like the process of creating a painting, with the dancers as the color.
Painter Javier Tapier on the necessity of letting go of one's work once it leaves the studio.
This week, I went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to talk with Michael Taylor, the museum’s chief curator and deputy director for art and education. Michael is a relative newcomer to Richmond, and he doesn't take this jewel of an art museum
When John Freyer spoke at TEDxRVA, he was the only speaker to roll a large tricycle bike onto the stage while drinking ice water from a blue Mason jar. John’s many projects have appeared in many places, from New York City galleries to the Richm
Why do people collect art? We have talked with a lot of artists about why they make art and what that work means to them. But collecting art can also be a creative act, when done with thought, curiosity and passion, maybe with a little bit of o
This week, we talked with Houston-based artist Natasha Bowdoin. Natasha grew up in coastal Maine, and love of the rhythms and patterns of nature courses through her work. But she is also inspired by the texts of surrealist and magical realist
You are definitely going to want to take notes while listening — with pen and paper, on your phone, whatever is your thing. Ward Tefft of Chop Suey Books shares some of his favorite books of 2016. Some are well-known, some are hidden gems, but
VMFA Chief Curator Michael Taylor on why Duchamp comes with him everywhere.
This week, I went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to talk with Michael Taylor, the museum’s chief curator and deputy director for art and education. Michael is a relative newcomer to Richmond, and he doesn't take this jewel of an art museum
Sasha Waters Freyer is a filmmaker whose work blends original and found footage and she works in both 16 millimeter film and digital media to makes documentaries and short films. She is currently working on a feature documentary on the American
Many of us are riveted and repelled by the presidential election right now. The campaigns have raised a lot of issues that we sometimes want to turn away from. The new exhibition at Candela Books and Gallery uses photography to make us look thr
Gordon Parks’ photographs from the middle of the 20th century insist quietly and powerfully that we look at the lives of people who were excluded from the cultural and political conversation for much of our history. Parks, the first African Ame
Stephen Vitiello's work as a sound artist is highly acclaimed. He created works for iconic spaces like the World Trade Center and The High Line in New York and famed art spaces like MASS MoCA, the Rothko Chapel and Marfa, Texas. His piece for T
This week, we had the great pleasure of visiting Studio Two Three to talk with founder and executive director Ashley Hawkins. Studio Two Three is a co-working space for artists who need big, expensive equipment to make their work, like printmak
Curator Ashley Kistler and designer Angeline Robertson talk about the process and inspiration of creating what is essentially a biography of VCU's Anderson Gallery. The book, Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge, presents a multi-facet
Andy Stefanovich and Courtney Farrell are hard to describe. For starters, they work with big companies to shake things up and move away from stale ways of thinking that hinder the business from reaching its greatest potential. But they are much
Valentine Museum curator of costume and textiles, Kristen Stewart, tells us how to identify a Virginia Man using sartorial clues.
VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel recently announced his retirement. At the same time, the school and its students and graduates collect more accolades and it grows by leaps and bounds, as the rising walls of the VCU ICA can attest. Joe is leaving a trai
One of our favorite Richmond events here at The Creative Habit is the RVA Street Art Festival. The folks behind the festival pick an incredible site and invite international, national and local street artists to create work on the walls while t
For its third Studio Theater performance, Richmond Ballet brings a new work from Australian choreographer Mark Annear to the stage and says so long to beloved dancer Lauren Fagone in one of her signature pieces, The Rite of Spring.
Mexican-born choreographer Edgar Zendeyas is deeply committed to being honest and authentic in his work. He has found inspiration in his deeply-held beliefs about the human condition. Join our conversation as we talk about his journey from Mex
Listen to our conversation with photographer Alyssa Salomon and Valentine Museum curator Meg Hughes about their collaboration on the Valentine’s current exhibition, A Chicken in Every Plot. They put together a beautiful show that brings the cur
Listen in on my conversation with Virginia Pye, an author with Richmond roots, about her latest book, Dreams of the Red Phoenix. Virginia’s grandparents were missionaries in a remote part of China in the first part of the 20th century, and the
Dave Coogan, Kelvin Belton, Terence Scruggs, and Dean Turner are 4 of the 11 men who coauthored Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs From Jail. The book is the culmination of work that all 11 men did together at the Richmond City Jail, using words to w
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